The humble hallway deserves more attention than it gets. It is the very first room that you step into on your first venture into a building and the last glimpse you’ll see as you leave. The hall fulfils an important purpose: it allows people to enter, leave, and travel across a building without having to step immediately from the street into a living space, but people forget to look after the hall because it’s not somewhere you spend large amounts of time. Make your hall somewhere that makes you smile every time you come downstairs in the morning or get home from a long day.
Choose a light colour
Quite often halls can be the darkest places in your house because they are generally quite small and it’s hard to incorporate windows if the only external wall is the one with the front door. To give the illusion of space chose a light colour to paint your walls. Pastel colours such as pink, lime green and yellow look good in a hallway and they can also lighten your mood. You can even get away with white walls if you add colour in other places, such as paintings on the wall or a coloured carpet.
Utilise the space you have
Considering the layout of your hall is very important. Think about the space available and what you will need to put in there. Things that generally belong in a hall are shoes and coats, so you could think about building a cupboard or buying a dresser to store bits and bobs like gloves and umbrellas. Never neglect the space under the stairs: this is the perfect opportunity to build a storage space and some people even create tiny bathrooms under there. We can design staircases to your specifications and you could chose to have an open space under the stairs to open up your hall.
Make your stairs stand out
As staircase suppliers, we are passionate about making staircases that stand out, have character and add beauty to a home. If you are looking for a new staircase to truly refresh your home, or you’re wanting one for a new build we can design staircases that suit the whole style of the property. Stairs shouldn’t be boring: there is so much you can do with regard to materials used, carving and shaping. Once your staircase is complete you could even paint it, or wall paper the side so it blends in with the walls. A trick to making your staircase look majestic is to apply carpet to the middle three quarters.
Don’t ignore the door
Your door can be used as a focal point in your room, or it could be used practically to hang things on. Whatever you choose to do with your door, make sure it fits the style of the house: if you own a period property never ever go for a PVC option. Darcy Joinery are also door suppliers and we would be delighted to design a front door for your property. If your property has ornate features or you want a vintage look, we can make doors with moulding for added detail. You should also consider having panel windows inserted either into the door itself or around it to add light into your hall.
Hopefully this will have given you some great inspiration on how to maximise the space that is so easily forgotten in a home. Your hall can be so much more than a passing place, but somewhere that visitors will admire. It is highly possible to have a beautiful and practical place rolled into one. For further information on our products or to discuss project requirements please contact us.